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The Atlas Obscura Guide To Rome
134 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Rome, Italy
Updated January 9, 2024
Unusual Attractions in Rome
Cool Places to Eat & Drink in Rome
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Stories About Rome
The Surprising Roots of Ancient Rome's Gladiator Fights
The quintessential Roman spectacle, originally a way to honor the dead, was not Roman in origin.
by Nicky Nielsen
Make Ancient Roman Brain and Rose Soufflé
Somebody in the fifth century combined these ingredients into one recipe, and probably no one has since.
by Andrew Coletti
A Hidden Caravaggio Masterpiece, An Inheritance Feud, and a Roman Villa up for Sale
The future of a mysterious painting by the famed 17th-century "rebel artist" hangs in the balance.
by Monika Schmitter
A Roman Emperor's Villa Is Now Producing Olive Oil
Hadrian's estate has trees found nowhere else on Earth.
by Vittoria Traverso
The Roman Museum With a Taste for Historical Cookbooks
A former pâtissier's culinary collection is now available to the public.
by Eric Millman
A View of the Space Age From the Classical World
This mesmerizing image brings the International Space Station and Rome's ancient Colosseum together.
by Gemma Tarlach
Before Haunted Houses, There Were Hell Banquets
The macabre feasts have their roots in ancient Rome.
by Sam O'Brien
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The 11 Most Interesting Places to Visit Near the Colosseum for Curious Travelers
Including Domus Aurea, Ludus Magnus, and Santa Francesca Romana